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Art Waves is an arts-interview radio program which airs live every Sunday evening from 7 to 8 at 10l.5 FM. Google "1015 The Hawk" to listen to the program in real time, or find podcasts of past programs here.

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Terra Lightfoot not only plays music by heart, she lives by heart. This is obvious in her moving and brilliantly crafted music, but also in her engaging and authentic character. A Hamilton musician who is at home with both rock and country music, Lightfoot is a consummate professional on the stage and off. You'll hear several songs from her latest, Juno-nominated CD New Mistakes, but she closes this interview with a live rendition of a song so new it doesn't even have a name yet. Tune in and...
Topics: Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Ron Sexsmith, Built to Spill, The Both, Grace...
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Nick La Rocca is a Hamilton artist whose work has been strongly influenced by comic books and hip hop culture. He describes his art as sequential, conceptual and experimental. For a thoughtful discussion of depth and colour in painting, why the size of an artist's studio matters, and much more, tune in to Art Waves #353.
Topics: Sheridan College, The Cotton Factory, Mark Byk, Keira McArthur, Hamilton Tiger Cats, pen & ink,...
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Keira McArthur is an artist who likes to examine profound ideas, through writing, painting and playing the cello. What should be included in a portrait beyond, or even without, the subject's face? What is the role of art in the human eco-system? What does the viewer, or listener, or reader bring to the context of a work of art? McArthur says every child drawing a tulip is learning, intensely, to see . For an intense hour of seeing anew, tune in to Art Waves #352.
Topics: Owen Sound, The Cotton Factory, Hamilton Arts Council, cello, David Sereda, Anne Michaels, December...
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John Terpstra often writes in order to examine the relationship between human habitation and the natural landscape.  In Daylighting Chedoke Creek , just out from Wolsak & Wynn, he follows a Hamilton creek through time and space. From its mouth in Lake Ontario, to its source on Hamilton mountain, we have basically buried Chedoke Creek alive in storm drains.  He finds that it has much to teach us, both in its vulnerability, and its invincibility. But are we listening?
Topics: Sawmill River, Hudson River, Yonkers, Lake Iroquois, Terryberry Library, Hamilton mountain,...
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This past summer The Carnegie Gallery in Dundas featured an exhibition called Look Again: Another Take on the Portrait. Each subject was shown in a large portrait, with nine small experimental studies alongside. The artist was Janet Kimantas, and her explanation of this show, and of her practice in general amounts to the self-portrait of a fascinating thinker.
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Vivian Maier, portraiture, psychological insight, John...
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The irrepressible Peter Tigchelaar dropped by the Art Waves studio with his stick dulcimer to grace us with a live performance of some of his latest songs. Many of them are on his most recent CD, World Without End, which is an arrangement of some of his favourite psalms. To participate in a little heartwatch, join us for Art Waves #349.
Topics: Old Testament, Psalms, stick dulcimer, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Thomas Merton, Benedictine...
Dr. Deborah Bowen of Redeemer University set out to find a path of hope through the growing ecological crisis.  Her explorations continue, but one surprisingly effective tool, she finds,  is the leaflet.  The Poetry & Ecology Project unites ecological facts and environmental groups with poetry.  One of her student assistants, Liane Miedema, joins Deborah on Art Waves.  For an inspiring and yes, hopefilled discussion, listen to Art Waves #348.
Topics: The Poetry & Ecology Project, Deborah Bowen, Redeemer University, the Social Sciences &...
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The Waterdown Artsfest kicks off its third season Aug. 18 &19, 2018, and co-founder and co-organizer, Gwendolyn Starks, tells us what to expect.  How about a kaleidescopic array of talent involving everything from dance, drama, storytelling, puppetry, and crafts, to music, literature, painting, aerial silks and play parkour.  Hear all about it! This is a festival you don't want to miss!
Topics: Waterdown BIA, Donna Redl, Creative Works, Geoff and Brooke Kulevic, True North Records, Murray...
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To hear the remarkable story of Klyde Broox's childhood, to better understand Donald Trump & the unfixing of reality, to explore the Seven Modes of Inquiry, & much more, tune in to this episode of Art Waves. You will be smarter & happier after you do!
Topics: McMaster University's Community Centre for Engaged Narrative Arts, CCENA, Bayeux Tapestry, the...
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Around 15 years ago Anya Romanenko (anyasart@gmail.com) moved into the same Toronto neighbourhood as Katya Verbitskaia (kate_@rogers.com). The two women were the same age, had emigrated from Russia with a degree in Architecture, had three children each who were roughly the same ages, and – no surprise – became fast friends. From their architectural roots, Anya became a visual artist, and Katya an interior designer. As different as they are similar, they are a fascinating and inspiring pair....
Topics: architecture, engineering, the built environment, Communist Russia, Moscow, the Architectural...
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Poet Amanda Jernigan returns to Art Waves with two exquisite chapbooks: The Temple and Years, Months, and Days . Both are linked by this unchurched pilgrim's spiritual searching. The first was inspired by her own motherhood, and its attendant awareness of the perimeters of life. The second sprang from Jernigan's compassionate awe at walking among the gravestones of an Old Order Mennonite churchyard, where the lives of the dead are remembered to the number of years, months and days they were...
Topics: Baseline Press, Karen Schindler, librettos, Zachary Wadsworth, Daniel Cabena, Bach, Feast of the...
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Jun 3, 2018
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Barry Grey has had a successful career in photojournalism, mostly with the Hamilton Spectator. He used to tell people he took pictures because he didn't know how to paint them. Then, a year and a half ago, he decided to try his hand at painting. Similarly, a couple of years ago he decided to write a novel, basically to see if he could. The novel, Barney , was published on line in 2016. Before that it was guitar. Grey is the embodiment of the Just Do It philosophy, and his story is inspiring.
Topics: Hamilton Spectator, photojournalism, painting, DVSA, Guennadi Kalinine, Praktica Cameras, Eddie...
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On Mother's Day we feature Donovan Mowatt, a young photographer and videographer who has built himself a flourishing career doing what he loves. Self-taught, with the help of You Tube videos, Mowatt credits his mother for his fiery energy and positive outlook. For a lively discussion that will brighten even the gloomiest day, tune in to hear Donovan Mowatt's refreshing view of photography and of life.
Topics: You Tube, videography, 1996 Volkswagen Golf, wedding photography, portraits, product photography,...
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Artist John Haney's new exhibition at the Assembly Gallery is called The Angel of History, a reference to Walter Benjamin's definition of human history as "an angel who is blown backwards, blindly, into the future."  The history Haney is examining involves five generations of males in his family, beginning with his great grandfather, Seymour Algernon Crandall, & ending with his two young sons, Anson & Ethan. It's a moving exploration fed and enriched by the stories Haney...
Topics: Assembly Gallery, Art Crawl, Walter Benjamin, masculinity, mining and metals, Paul Klee, Sudbury,...
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Andre Bisson describes, perhaps better than you've ever heard it described, the thrill of teaching himself to play a song for the first time.  From that moment on, music has held him in thrall.  He loves all genres, but in the blues he finds the form that lets him explore down to the deepest level. Whether he's writing it, arranging it or playing it, Bisson is always learning more about the power of music.  He visited Art Waves to talk about his latest CD, his seventh, Break . 
Topics: Bruce Mines Ontario, orchestration, arranging, Ron Hines, Beatlefest, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding,...
Art Waves
Feb 25, 2018
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Dubpoet Klyde Broox will exceed your expectations, while versioning your verities & spectacularizing your horizons. To have new windows opened in the penthouse of your imagination, to appreciate the old romance between sense & reason, to plug into the connection between language & power, tune in to a truly remarkable performance poet—Hamilton's own Klyde Broox, whose brooks are ever colliding, never stagnating, loving not hating, participating, intoxicating, celebrating. Yeah.
Topics: Dubpoetry, language & power, oral vs written poetry, Jamaica, Keats, Browning, Caribbean...
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Feb 18, 2018
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Barbara Studham came by Art Waves for a second visit to tell us about her new series of children's books: Strawberry & Cracker: Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome .  The series was inspired by her own four grand-children, all of whom have FASD.  When Studham realized there are no children's books for or about FASD kids, she decided to write one, and then another.  These books are filling what turns out to be a huge need, and have given Studham yet another way to make a positive difference...
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Topics: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Heather Lamb, Viga Boland, Turner Park Library, special needs...
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Feb 4, 2018
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Kristine Tortora is a student of book history, as well as a designer & printer. Her special interest in typography has resulted in her first book, Carl Dair & the Cartier Typeface , which has just been released from Gaspereau Press. It is a compilation of letters to & from Carl Dair, & tells the history of the first Canadian typeface—Cartier. She has written a book which is equally beautiful inside & outside. Listen to Kristine Tortora & you will never again take for...
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Topics: Carl Dair, the Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, Gaspereau Press, Cartier typeface, Mark...
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Jan 28, 2018
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Darrell Epp is interested in "the poem as a document of its own creation, a celebration of the creative process itself".  With each collection of poems he publishes, he comes closer to realizing this.  His third book, Sinners Dance --due to be released this spring--was originally intended to be an exploration of Epp's Mennonite heritage, but the poems took him in other directions, and he let them.  They will take you on surprising journeys as well.
Topics: Staircase Theatre, Joseph Conrad, Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene, Wm. Faulkner, Somerset Maugham,...
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Jan 21, 2018
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Martina Aswani was born into a family of singers in Kenya, so her rich voice is a gift, but it is one she has fostered and developed.  Her mother, Rose Mary Aswani, joins her to talk about family, culture, and why music is the most powerful form of communication.  Join us for a fascinating conversation, and listen in as Martina, Rose Mary and Joanna Aswani sing together for the very first time.
Topics: Mauko Kenya, Voices of the Savannah, Tawona Matinyarare, Ndinda Msiska, Sharon Mulamba, McMaster...
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Dec 3, 2017
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Doug Feaver loves music and he loves Christmas. He came to the Art Waves studio fresh from Ste. Marie among the Hurons, where he had been participating in the candlelit Christmas festival, First Light. His stories and songs carry the glow of a child on Christmas morning. To listen is to share his delight.
Topics: Christmas, Rick Andrew, The Shakers, Dave Rave, Claude & Tim Gibbons, Lancashire England, All...
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Nov 26, 2017
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The music of his native India, specifically that of the sitar, has been a lifelong passion and study for Neeraj Prem. He calls raga “the oldest form of jazz” because of its improvisational nature. And he is passing this music to his children as well. His ten-year-old daughter Nerissa joined him to sing an Indian scale melody based on an Irish folk tune. (Please note that, though we promised to close with Joy to the World, we played Silent Night instead, due to technical difficulties.)
Topics: Raga, the Hamilton Music Awards, Indian folk music, improvisation, jazz, fusion, Sympathetic...
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Nov 19, 2017
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Many people are born with great gifts, but how many of us develop them? Janet Obermeyer was born with the gift of the golden voice, to quote the late, beloved Leonard Cohen. She honed that voice and became a classical soprano. Tune in to hear that voice in conversation, and lifted in glorious music.
Topics: Mozart, Ardis & Earl Obermeyer, Elly Amaling, Richard Van Holst, Eastman School of Music,...
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Nov 12, 2017
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Sam Robinson has worked as a child therapist, arts administrator and sculptor. This year he decided to publish a book of his short stories, Neither...Nor . Each piece in the collection was prompted by a question, but Robinson says it wasn't as much his goal to answer the question for readers, as to battle rigid thinking. The book closes with a nonfiction piece about Percy Leggett, a mid-twentieth century Hamilton “character”--a man whom that word, in its highest form, fits him better than...
Topics: Macassa, self-publishing, Haudenosaunee, League of the Iroquois, anthropology, Robert Yates,...
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Nov 5, 2017
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Painter Sylvia Simpson gives up a lot for her art.  Sometimes she gives up reality altogether.  It all depends on the light.  But everything each of us creates will bear the imprint of our own nature, and in Simpson's case that means her work is inevitably animated, because she is.  For a lively discussion of art, join us for Art Waves #330.  [Technical difficulties mean occasional static during this interview, for which we apologize.]
Topics: Melissa Visconti, Creative Works, Westdale, The Hamilton Spectator, McMaster University, Port Dover...
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Oct 29, 2017
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This year our annual Horror Panel reconvenes for a lively discussion of medical horror. Join us, won't you? I'm sure it will be good for your health, bwahahahahaaaaaaa!
Topics: Hexploitation Film Festival, Roger Ebert, Night of the Living Dead, George Romero, Victorian...
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Oct 22, 2017
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For his new book, Yardwork , Daniel Coleman set himself the task of studying the local environment through his own backyard, literally. He wanted to learn to read the land, which he has come to learn, has much to tell us. He sought guidance in this from the First Nations people of this area, as well as through its flora and fauna, and settler stories. Join him for a thoughtful conversation about understanding home.
Topics: home, Ethiopia, Hamilton Ontario, the Niagara escarpment, the Dundas Valley, Hodinohso:ni, Skyway...
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Oct 15, 2017
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Michael Pearson inhabits a community of people who love to bring imaginary worlds to life for the sheer joy of it. Steam Punk is a favourite, but you could stroll in wearing a costume from any mythology and be welcome. Tune in for a delightful hour with the Pauper Philanthropist. It's guaranteed to put a smile under your curlicued mustaches.
Topics: cosplay, Steampunk, Killian Jones, crossplay, Norse Mythology, Loki, Odin, Super Mario, Japanese...
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Oct 1, 2017
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Classical guitarist Emma Rush returns to Art Waves with her second CD, Canadiana, a tribute to great Canadian singer-songwriters. How do you strip an iconic song of its lyrics and still hear what it has to say? Emma Rush has the answer to that question, and it's brilliant.
Topics: Aaron Copeland, Rodeo Suite, William Beauvais, Appalachian Colours, Joni Mitchell, Gordon...
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Poet Jeffery Donaldson co-hosts Art Waves as the celebrated writer Molly Peacock visits to tell us a little about her work. Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life's Work at 72 is a tour de force that has caused London's British Museum to change it's rules!  And we talked about that book a bit.  But Jeffery wanted to focus on Peacock's latest book of poems, The Analyst, which examines how sometimes the most fragile things are the ones that last the longest.
Topics: Mrs. Mary Delaney, collage, the British Museum, MOMA, the Morgan Library, Matisse, Picasso, Michael...
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To begin the 10 th season of Art Waves we revisit the Shakespeare authorship question with Chris Pannell, and with Hank Whittemore, the author of 100 Reasons Shake-speare was the Earl of Oxford . From Romeo wandering through the birch grove outside the western wall of Verona, to the court at Elsinore firing off cannon toasts to the Danish king, the devil is in the details! Are you a Stratfordian or an Oxfordian? That is the question.
Topics: the University of Notre Dame, Hamlet, Portland Maine, the White House, the authorship controversy,...
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Jun 11, 2017
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Long a regular and beloved reporter for The Hamilton Spectator , Paul Benedetti has just published a volume of his collected columns, entitled You Can Have a Dog When I'm Dead: Essays on Life at an Angle . The book has all the attributes Benedetti's readers have come to expect. He has perfected the casual essay form, taking the reader from laughing out loud to fighting back tears in roughly 1,000 perfectly chosen words. Tune in to travel the extraordinary depths and heights of ordinary Canadian...
Topics: gritLit, ideas file, The Hamilton Spectator, writing from life, scoliosis, Thule, Dave Malcolm,...
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Jun 4, 2017
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Laura Secord is a Canadian icon whose image has become something of a sacred cow (wink wink) over the past 200 years.  Having chosen Laura Secord and her image as the subject of her PhD dissertation, Christine Boyko-Head then went on to write a book of historical fiction about her.  It's called Pulse of Courage , and you will want to follow Christine as she follows Laura on this journey that became so important to Canadians.
Topics: historical fiction, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Canadian literature, the War of 1812, pop...
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May 28, 2017
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Singer/songwriter Jacob Moon has been making beautiful music for over twenty years, with a new album coming out roughly every two years. He roves across the genres he loves--folk, gospel, blues and beyond--doing solo shows with his mastery of live looping. Recently he teamed up with Joel Parisien to form The Commissionaires and make fabulous roots music in support of the International Justice Mission. Listen in to get in tune with the Moon.
Topics: The Commissioaires, International Justice Mission, The Gasworks, Joel Parisien, Walter Becker,...
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May 21, 2017
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Allyson Wenzowski runs Publicity Works, a public relations company that works with artists as well as with businesses.  She began as a storyteller, and her story will surprise you.
Topics: public relations, CHCH, Cable 14, Bill Kelly, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, Nancy McKibbin Gray, Arts...
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Seraphim Editions writers Christopher Cameron & Chris Laing came to Art Waves to talk about their new books, which cover the ground from high to working class culture. Christopher Cameron 's Dr. Bartolo's Umbrella and Other Tales from my Surprising Operatic Life is his memoir of singing on opera and concert stages across Canada. A Family Matter is the third in Chris Laing 's Max Dexter mystery series. Both will keep you thoroughly engaged.
Topics: Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, David Speers, Opera Hamilton, the Calgary Opera, mystery...
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Apr 30, 2017
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Hamilton writer John Terpstra returns to Art Waves with his tenth book of poetry, Mischief. From the manly cover, through the background of how it got its title, to the reading of the last poem in the interview, you will find yourself engaged and delighted as this particularly mischievous grasshopper sings his songs and tells his stories.
Topics: Wolsak & Wynn, Chedoke Creek, nature in the city, aging, The Hamilton Spectator, found poetry,...
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Apr 23, 2017
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Artist Deanna Molinaro has a very strict teacher. It's called Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, EB for short, and it has taught her to sit still, look closely, and create, as a means of rising out of her pain. Like a character in a fairy tale, Molinaro has learned to fly over high walls to lands of enchantment. She, herself, has much to teach about the power of art.
Topics: Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, EB, Sheridan College, J.K. Rowling, True Blood, Big...
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Apr 9, 2017
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Chelsea McWilliams, Danielle Beaudin and Tim Allard make up The Redhill Valleys , a Hamilton trio that blends country, rock and folk to create genre-defying music. And that music is setting Hamilton on fire. Just one year after their self-titled debut album was released, they are already working on another collection. Tune in to another Art Waves mini concert, and thrill to these beautiful harmonies.
Topics: Jim Watson, Austin Livingood, Nashville, The Bluebird Cafe, Carl Jennings, Westmoreland Recording...
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Apr 2, 2017
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An actor, playwright and poet, Duane Tucker has found that spiritual exploration has deepened his artistic practice. Meditation, solitude, suffering, service and communing with nature have taught him his craft. He quotes Andre Gide who said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better.” For an enlightening hour, tune in to Art Waves #315.                 
Topics: John Muir, Yosemite, vision quests, guardian spirits, Lame Deer, alcoholism, recovery, Scavenger...
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Every spring Jennifer Gillies , artistic director of Hamilton's literary festival, gritLit , comes into the Art Waves studio to tell us about the festival line-up. It's always a whirlwind of exciting names and events, and this year she brought one of the local gritLit readers, Jamie Tennant . Long known to Hamiltonians as a radio and newspaper journalist, Tennant has just released his first novel, The Captain of Kinnoull Hill. It's a Sco'ish tale of redemption featuring a madcap redcap. Listen...
Topics: CFMU, Japanese music, redcaps, Scottish mythology, Perth, Haruki Murakami, Marnie Woodrow, Paul...
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Mar 19, 2017
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Brothers Carl & Tim Jennings teamed up with Ed Mitchell to form Freedom Train , a concert band with over a thousand songs you know and love in its repertoire. This is not just a cover band. As Carl puts it, “Would you call the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra a cover band? All they play is other people's music, like Beethoven & Bach.” With just three instruments & two voices, Freedom Train achieves the impossible. Tune in for a concert sampler that will have you rocking out!
Topics: the Burlington Conservatory of Music, Mary Thurston, the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra,...
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Mar 12, 2017
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Moving to Alberta gave a deaf six-year-old back her hearing. An eccentric and brilliant piano teacher guided her toward composition. She is now Composer-in-Residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and is repaying her adopted country in uncountable ways—among them putting Roch Carrier's iconic Canadian story, The Hockey Sweater, to music. At the end of this compelling interview Art Waves has added two of Abigail Richardson-Schulte 's compositions in their entirety: The Hockey Sweater...
Topics: Calgary, deafness, Beethoven, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, composing, Bach, the University...
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Mar 5, 2017
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Due to technical difficulties, this episode is missing Stan Klimowicz 's biography. Suffice to say he has just written his first novel, Agent John , which is based on the life of his uncle, whose own life slid off the rails. As Klimowicz says, “It is a story of failure”—but it is also a story about family loyalty, and the struggle for social justice.
Topics: Hartford Connecticut, paranoia, failure, Polish culture, communism, social justice, soliloquies,...
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Feb 26, 2017
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Carolyn Dover is primarily a landscape painter, because she is passionate about the Canadian landscape. Her use of “an electric rainbow” of colour, as Laura Hollick calls it, is enough to make the viewer sprout leaves. If your spirit could use an injection of chlorophyll, tune in to Art Waves #310.
Topics: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tor Lukasik Foss, Laura Hollick, fauvism, landscape painting, en plein...
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Feb 19, 2017
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Gary Barwin 's first novel hit the shelves running. Yiddish for Pirates , the rollicking tale of a five hundred year old parrot and his pirate master Moishe was short-listed for the Governor General's Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Tune in as Barwin scatters his treasures liberally over Art Waves.
Topics: Lithuania, the Inquisition, Christopher Columbus, the fountain of youth, parrots, Humboldt the...
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Feb 12, 2017
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Poet John Terpstra was a little uncomfortable at the thought of discussing his new book, because it's a book of prayers. It's just out from the St. Thomas Poetry Series and it's called In the Company of All: Prayers from Sunday Mornings at St. Cuthbert's . But I think you will agree with me that he has never been more wise, vulnerable and engaging than in this episode of Art Waves.
Topics: David McLaughlin, the Pearl Company, St. Cuthbert's, prayers of thanks and intercession, the St....
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Jan 29, 2017
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When you listen to Ariana Gillis sing, you have no trouble understanding why Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone Magazine says she may be “the best new emerging artist anywhere— period !” and why Bernie Taupin said, “I'm staggered by how good she is. Ariana Gillis is the single most exciting thing I've heard in a very long time.” She brought her guitar to the Art Waves studio and played songs from her forthcoming CD “Head Full of Stars”--which will be a good description of you after you...
Topics: Joel Moss, David Gillis, the Pearl Company, Hailey Gillis, Soulpepper Theatre, Briar Gillis, The...
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Jan 22, 2017
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The voice doesn't lie. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lori Yates wanted to be a rocker like Janis Joplin as a kid, but her voice directed her elsewhere. She brings a smooth, yearning warmth to every song—unless she's kicking up her heels with the Bad Girl Choir or something. Her stories of meeting the legendary musicians of Nashville and of Hamilton will keep your boots hooked over the rung of your barstool throughout this engaging episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Ronnie Hawkins, Janis Joplin, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, Heart, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde,...
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Jan 15, 2017
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Britt Holmstrom 's fiction often centres on young, vulnerable women in society—young women who must face rape, forced prostitution, murder. She says she has no idea where her ideas come from. The characters simply tell her their stories. Though she is Swedish, she has lived much of her life in Canada, and she prefers to write in English because she finds it a more flexible language.
Topics: Harry's Bar, Torremolinos Spain, Malmo Sweden, Regina Saskatchewan, Dundas Ontario, translation,...
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Dec 11, 2016
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Chris Pannell says that while it balances between an intellectual puzzle and an emotional one, poetry prefers the heart over the mind. He says the essence of poetry is to occupy the space that other forms of writing can't get inside as well. Pannell's new book, Love, Despite the Ache , tells of the journey of his parents toward death.
Topics: grief, the loss of parents, poetry, the Hamilton Street Railway, DARTS bus driving, Richard...
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Nov 13, 2016
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Life for Garnet Rogers has followed several huge themes: growing up in Hamilton with his close-knit family; touring with his brother Stan; marrying his beloved Gail; and following his solo career as a singer/songwriter. But he has added a new string to his bow with his first book, Night Drive: Travels with my Brother, one of the most surprising and funniest books you're ever likely to read. For good stories and beautiful music, you can't beat Garnet Rogers.
Topics: Valerie Bushell Rogers, Stan Rogers, Scott Merritt, folk music, The Pearl Company, Nora Frances...
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There's a new literary journal in town, and it's an idea that's making little burgs like Vancouver green with envy: the Hamilton Review of Books . Dana Hansen , a seasoned literary journalist, is the founder and editor-in-chief, and she's assembled a team of crack writers to review the books being written and published in Hamilton's burgeoning literary scene. But the review isn't limited to writers from the Hammer. Tune in and find out all about this exciting new online journal.
Topics: Hamilton Review of Books, Hamilton Arts Council Living Arts Symposium, Jessica Rose, Gary Barwin,...
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Oct 30, 2016
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This year our annual Horror Panel—Aaron Allan, Rhonda Dynes & Barbara Ferguson —reconvene to discuss the theme of beloved creatures in horror. The usual wide-ranging and often hilarious discussion will keep you on your webbed toes! Bwaaahahahaaaaaa
Topics: Hamilton Review of Books, Humber Literary Review, Dana Hansen, AGH Annex, Staircase Theatre,...
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Oct 23, 2016
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Robin McKee 's bliss is Hamilton history. He's on every historical board you can imagine, but mainly he follows his bliss through the graves in the Hamilton Cemetery, learning about and celebrating the people who've lived and died here, and telling their stories. He calls it Stories in the Stones and he leads walks every Sat. from May to Nov. at 11:00. They're free and they're fascinating. Tonight he casts that spell on Art Waves.
Topics: Hamilton Cemetery, Votes for Women, Stories in the Stones, Arthur Hemming, Sloan & Hortense...
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The Hamilton Public Library is expanding its already broad concept of how a library stores and supports the culture and the stories of a community. Laura Lukasik came to the Art Waves studio to tell us about Love Your City, Share Your Stories , a four-pronged program that celebrates Hamilton in terms of: Gore Park; music; Tim Hortons Doughnut Shops; and the Library itself. It's a great story.
Topics: Tourism & Culture, Hamilton Public Library, McMaster Library, stories, Tim Hortons, Gore Park,...
Art Waves
Oct 2, 2016
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Hugh Martin is a photo-based artist represented by the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto. His images have been featured in PREFIX PHOTO & The Walrus Magazine . Martin’s colour photographs are landscapes & cityscapes that aspire to depict the beauty & importance of endangered environments and architectural antiquities. Martin has been honoured with the Gold Medal from the Faculty of Communication & Design, the Howard H. Kerr Memorial Scholarship, the J.L. Beaton Award and the...
Topics: Ryerson University, OCAD, Phil Bergerson, Imax films, twin lens reflex cameras, leaf shutter, Henri...
Art Waves
Sep 25, 2016
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Next Episode (Seraphim Editions, 2016) is BD Ferguson 's first full length book. These linked stories follow the lives and exploits of six compelling characters as they go about their work as a reality television ghost-hunting team. But often their private lives are as interesting as their fascinating work. Come with us as we shine a flashlight into the complex and sometimes dark hallways of Ferguson's very creative mind.
Topics: reality tv, ghost hunting, fan conventions, Fan Expo, viewer voting, American Sign Language, tech...
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Two writers published this fall by Seraphim Editions are featured in this episode: Katharine O'Flynn & Ian Lancashire . O'Flynn's Coming Home is a collection of linked short stories about an English family emigrating to Creston B.C. while Lancashire's Primal Testamen t is an epic poem in ten cantos which takes as its subject nothing less than life on earth from the beginning. For a fascinating discussion which covers creativity and belonging, flatworms and family, join us for episode 296.
Topics: emigration, family stories, Creston B.C., Nelson B.C., the Kootenays, Wales, England, epic poetry,...
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Frauke Zeller & David Harris Smith are the co-creators of hitchBOT , the hitchhiking robot who traveled from Halifax to Victoria, and then across Germany and the Netherlands, capturing the hearts and imaginations of all who followed its progress. It met an unfortunate demise in Philadelphia after several weeks in the Excited States of America, but its creators aren't finished with it yet. To learn more about hitchBOT's journey and that of David Harris Smith himself, hitch a ride on Art...
Topics: OCAD, post-modernism, Jacques Derrida, hitchBOT, HAL, artificial intelligence, Bill Gates, Stephen...
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Most English speakers hold William Shakespeare very dear to their hearts as the finest writer the language, perhaps the world, has ever known. But a group called the Oxfordians questions that Will ever wrote anything, except for six very shaky signatures. They are growing in number and scholarly proofs, and the editor of The Oxfordian, an academic journal devoted to the debate, lives among us. He is the poet Chris Pannell , who visited Art Waves to defend the theory that the plays and sonnets...
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Topics: LitLive, Charlton Ogburn, William Shakespeare, Edward de Vere 17th Earl of Oxford, The Oxfordian,...
Art Waves
Aug 14, 2016
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Gwendolyn Starks creates opportunities for art-making, whether on the board for the brand new Waterdown Arts Fest, facilitating workshops at the Flagship Gallery on James St. North, home educating children, or writing and performing one-woman plays. She's thinking of resurrecting her play on Hildegard Von Bingen, has just written one about Dorothy L. Sayers, and is incubating one about Emily Carr.  Prepare to have your breath taken away!
Topics: Waterdown Arts Fest, Veronica Jane Gordon, Josh Tiessen, Pat Kosowick, True North Gallery, Geoff...
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Meet two of Hamilton's most inspiring artists, Amber Aasman and Lester Coloma . They are inspiring both for their own artwork, which ranges from music and jewelry to visual art, as well as for their work with at-risk youth at Art Forms on James Street North. If your spirit is in need of lifting, share an hour in the glow of Amber Asman and Lester Coloma. It can only do you good.
Topics: Art Forms, Corktown mural, Jean Ryan, Urban Arts Initiative, Trillium Grant, Tor Lukasik Foss,...
Art Waves
Jul 17, 2016
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In 2015 Amanda Jernigan and Evan Jones crafted a beautiful anthology of poetry called Earth and Heaven. The parameter they used to make their choices was poetry written by Canadians that refers to or somehow uses myth. Jernigan defines myth as stories with staying power, stories which can be told and retold, changing their shapes along the way, but always remaining fundamentally true to the original. Glide with Amanda Jernigan between earth and heaven.
Topics: Joseph Campbell, Bible stories, myth, Colin Labadie, Evan Jones, Rosemary Kilbourn, Jay Macpherson,...
Art Waves
Jul 10, 2016
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By popular demand, Jean Rae Baxter is at work on the sixth of her Canadian historical novels set in the era of the United Empire Loyalists. To do so she has had to set aside her manuscript of an adult novel set during the American invasion of Pelee Island in 1838. And somehow she has to fit all this in with her impending marriage and a move to Kingston. A force to be reckoned with, Jean Rae Baxter visits Art Waves to talk about her astonishing writing career.
Topics: Queens University, Opera Hamilton, Tiger Cats, Seraphim Editions, A Novel Idea Bookstore, Verdi,...
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Lynn Whitlaw Varey's first children's book, Bocconcinio Di Parma Saves the Day! was inspired by a donkey she used to see on her way to the cottage near Burk's Falls. She wrote it as a legacy book for her grandchildren, and wanted to find just the right illustrator. When she ran across the work of Keisha Neoma-Quinn, she knew she had found the artist who could bring her story to life.
Topics: Almaguin Highlands, Burk's Falls, solar farms, donkeys, Sealed Art, yoga, Cabbagetown, Riverdale...
Art Waves
Jun 19, 2016
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David McLaughlin doesn't believe there's a dichotomy between arts and crafts. A chemical engineer by profession, he loves to tinker in his aptly-named Multicraft Studio, with found materials of every sort. The results are one-of-a-kind creations, often with a practical application, that would make William Morris sit up and take notice.
Topics: glass slumping, recycling, repurposing, Barbara Patterson, stained glass, Hamilton forges, pattern...
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After many successes at the Hamilton Fringe in recent years, Ryan Sero has written a new play for the festival. Anybody Else involves a troubled relationship and Sigmund Freud. Though he is reluctant to use the term, just between you and me, it's a romantic comedy, starring Pamela Gardner , Sean Emberley , & Ryan himself. All three came by to tell us about Anybody Else and much else.
Topics: Hamilton Fringe Festival, Anybody Else, romantic comedy, Sigmund Freud, archtypes, Woody Allen,...
Art Waves
Jun 5, 2016
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When David Neil Lee told Noelle Allen, of Wolsak & Wynn that Hamilton needed its own horror novel, she insisted the protagonist be sixteen years old. Let The Midnight Games begin! Find out the real reason Ivor Wynne Stadium had to be torn down. Lee may write a terrifying YA novel, but he is a hilarious and most entertaining radio guest.  This episode closes with the song Words by Lucinda Williams.
Topics: Wolsak & Wynn, Noelle Allen, Paul Bley, jazz, horror, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Tim Hortons Field,...
Art Waves
May 29, 2016
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Hamilton historian Margaret Houghton is about to retire after more than three decades as the archivist for the Central Library. It's been a job she has loved and will miss, and library patrons will certainly miss her. A sort of walking card catalogue, Houghton has at her fingertips thousands of stories about Hamilton, which she fondly calls the largest small town in Canada.
Topics: Hamilton Public Library, Bank of Montreal building, St. Paul's, archives, London Insane Asylum, Old...
Art Waves
May 22, 2016
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Singer/songwriter Hadahawis Parent works with both Native musical traditions and mainstream Canadian musical traditions. He plays the hand drum, the Mohawk water drum and the guitar. He sings traditional songs, cover songs and his own songs. He has learned that they all have the power to heal if you approach them with pure intentions.
Topics: Six Nations Reserve, Mohawk Turtle Clan, hand drum, Mohawk water drum, guitar, The Old Mush...
Art Waves
May 15, 2016
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Marla Panko is a visual artist who enjoys making a forest from the trees—or from anything that strikes her fancy. She's interested in creating a new poetic hybrid from fragments. When you get all the pieces right, she says , you don't see the parts, you see the whole. Panko works in whatever medium the materials call for to bring her ideas to life.
Topics: printmaking, U. of Guelph, Walter Bachinski, Gene Chu, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy,...
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Poet and scholar Jeffery Donaldson turns the tables on Art Waves host Bernadette Rule in this episode, as he interviews her about her collection of poems, Earth Day in Leith Churchyard: Poems in Search of Tom Thomson (Seraphim Editions, 2016). The program closes with four songs: Hard Times sung by Thomas Hampson; Tom Thomson's Mandolin by Bob Yates; Shining Birch Tree by Wade Hemsworth; and Brush & Paddle by Ian Tamblyn.
Topics: Tom Thomson, Jeffery Donaldson, Owen Sound, Leith, Don McKay, Kitty Lewis, Carys Ryan, Winnifred...
Art Waves
May 1, 2016
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It's most appropriate that we kick off the Gemini month of May with singer/songwriter Derek Palango . He's a new father of twins, and he performs with two groups, Checkerboard Floors & The Corduroys . For a double dose of talent tune in to hear this dynamic young musician. And there's a bonus: the episode closes with his Juno Songwriting Competition second-place winner, Turn it On, written for and about Hamilton.
Topics: Matt Outserson, Tyler Wilson, Rob Shorney, Checkerboard Floors, The Corduroys, Les Palango, Image...
Art Waves
Mar 19, 2016
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Jennifer Gillies returns to give us the line-up for the twelfth year of Hamilton's literary festival, gritLit , which takes place over the week spanning Apr. 3 rd to 10 th . As always, it features famous as well as up and coming writers. This year several new events have been added, including events for young writers and a Sunday afternoon “All About Hamilton” celebration of works by local writers and/or set in the Hammer.
Topics: gritLit Live, Battle of the Books, Ontario Library Association, Hamilton Central Library, Art...